Keeping your supply chain optimized means keeping a close eye on your costs, including any “extra” fees that can creep onto your ocean freight invoice.
With consumer spending down, inventory at high levels, and warehouse space at a premium, some businesses have found themselves confronted with per diem charges. Rather than accepting them as par for the course, it’s possible to reduce these “extra” charges—or eliminate them completely.
We’ll show you exactly what these per diem charges are, and we’ll give you some strategies for avoiding them. We’ll also walk you through several other ocean freight charges—detention and demurrage—so you can take control of your invoices and protect your margins.
First, let’s talk about why these per diem charges have cropped up for suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, or any business with a significant amount of inventory.